California's new law prohibiting
discrimination against breastfeeding mothers adds teeth to existing law
requiring employers to give lactation breaks in a private place.
Although communication about the issue can be difficult – people are afraid to
use the term "breast" in the workplace – this is an opportunity for employers
to stand out as supporting working mothers and attract and retain them.
For example, by having a spacious lactation room with comfortable
chairs and a refrigerator for expressed milk. Under the new law,
employers should also have a policy and treat complaints about breast-feeding
like any other discrimination complaint.
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